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I don’t really see Ginetta as my friend’s Mum, but as one of my own friends. She is amazing for so many reasons. Not only is she one heck of a scrabble opponent (we’ve been constantly playing ‘Words With Friends’ for years now),but she is warm, kind and has always been so welcoming to me. She is also one of those incredible people full of drive, ambition and passion for things she loves. For her 50th birthday cake I decided to combine two of these things, horseriding and flowers. As soon as I saw this stand I knew I had to use it for the base of the cake. It took me ages to track it down and it finally made it’s way to the UK thanks to my Dad via hand luggage (oops).  Not knowing a lot about flowers I was lucky enough to have the help of Alexia from Bluebell and George. She helped me figure out how to arrange the flowers on the cake and chose the gorgeous yellow and purple calle lilies. I adore the shades she chose they work so perfectly together and stood out so nicely on top of the cake. For the cake itself I made a three tier Madiera cake using this simple recipe, then filled it with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream. To decorate it I covered the whole thing in more vanilla buttercream and then wrapped a piece of clear acetate around the cake, so the flowers wouldn’t be directly touching it. We glued the calle lilies onto the acetate and secured them with a matching coloured ribbon. I love that the cake is kind of hidden and the beautiful flowers are the focus. I hope she enjoys her cake and her special day. Happy 50th Birthday Ginetta!

Little Bird are a company who share an office with Found, where my sister works. One of their little birds, Rhianon, is flying the nest this week and so these cupcakes are a farewell to her. When I agreed to make these cupcakes I was unsure of what I was going to do. I pretty much instantly fell in love with the logo and colour combo of the company. It’s just so darn cute. So that was my starting point. But, it wasn’t until I sat down with a pile of fondant icing, some cutters and their website up in front of me that it all came together. The turquoise and brown together is quite striking but to me is softened by the scalloped topper, simple bird and flower. I opted for chocolate cake to keep with the colours and turquoise vanilla frosting. I hope she has a brilliant last day and enjoys her cupcakes!

I’ve been getting my make up from the same place since I was allowed to wear it at 13. Cosmetics A La Carte, where not only do they have incredible make up, complete with a bespoke option, but they take the time to show and teach you how to apply it. I’ve always loved visiting their shop in Motcomb Street which is like a sweet shop filled with colours of shadows, lipsticks and glosses. It’s always so much fun to visit the lovely girls that work there.

This year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary and when we paid them a visit this weekend I took some cupcakes. I topped the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, half with the ‘A’ from their logo, which features on all of their packaging and on the other half, tiny lipsticks. These reminded me of one of my favourite lipsticks of theirs, a bright red belonging to my Mum in the original A La Carte turquoise tube. It really is the perfect red and I had been “borrowing” it for special occasions until it was hidden. I might now have a new favourite, ‘Cupcake’ which is the perfect shade for a cake lover such as myself. Happy 40th to Cosmetics A La Carte, I hope they enjoyed the cupcakes!

I’ve loved this week. It’s been full of Easter baking which I’ve enjoyed sharing with friends and family. Easter isn’t complete without mini eggs and they are even better on cupcakes. My sister helped me decorate them, her overwhelming need to colour co-ordinate is evident but she did an excellent job. Happy Easter everyone!

I was really pleased when Ginetta from Graphic Express asked me to make some cupcakes for BNI Elmbridge. BNI is a business networking organisation that meet once a week to exchange business leads, share their business experience and have breakfast. Sounds good right. I made these yummy cupcakes topped with the BNI logo in vanilla and chocolate with Nutella frosting. I hope they liked them and all have a successful day of business today, fuelled by cupcakes.